Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Second, no wait, third painting of this perky little painted bunting, but it is the first one in watercolor. If we are lucky, a couple of pairs visit us each spring. This little guy was photographed on the ground, believe it or not. But that just did not lend itself to an interesting painting. Can you believe it, I took artistic license and changed the background. I just may get the hang of this painting thing one of these days!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Wurst Tradition

Wurst Tradition
16.5 x 11, pastel

This is a special commission of a milestone in this family, dad's 25th year as an Opa and son's first. You have to be from New Braunfels to fully understand the significance. Wurstfest is a big deal here. It is not just a week of celebrating all things sausage and beer, the association supports the community.

Being the second commission for this family, it was an honor to be asked to complete it. I had my doubts when the idea and photo reference were provided, but the clients, my friends, are pleased. And I am, too!

Saturday, August 26, 2017


12 x 6, pastel

This was a fun painting, my first ever rooster! He lives at a feed store in town. When the decision was made that this would be the subject, his surroundings were my conundrum. Being a prisoner to the photo reference is a habit to lose. His surroundings of feed bags and cement just didn't suit his personality. So the feed bags and cement were left at the store.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Today Was a First!

Autumn Repose
8x10, pastel

Today was a first! Received a call while I was working in San Diego on Saturday. The gentleman had seen my paintings at the Bijou Theater in San Antonio during July. He and his wife were interested in 3 of my paintings. I returned home yesterday. Well, today, I had the pleasure of meeting both he and his wife and delivering these 3 paintings! Many thanks, Mr. and Mrs. G!

Hill Country Couple
12x12, pastel

Autumn Creek
11x14, pastel

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ewe Looking at Me-----well, she is!!

Ewe Looking at Me
6" x 12", pastel

Love the title of this, couldn't be anything else! This is one of those paintings that seemed to flow, no fighting with the colors, values. Have to admit that is a rare occurrence for me.... I do tend to 'fuss' too much. Took some liberties and excluded a sheep.....just didn't think it contributed one bit to the overall painting. Again another rarity for me...omitting from the original photo. I may just get the hang of this composition/painting thing yet!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Winter Beauty

Winter Beauty
8"x 6", pastel

I have taken numerous photos lately of the many cardinals that live in our trees. Yesterday there were 4 on the feeder with several others in the trees waiting their turns. Those will be painted I am sure, but this guy caught my attention when perusing my photos. Maybe it is the fact that it is so stinking hot here and I was wishing for the cold weather that is depicted in the photo.

This beautiful cardinal was all puffed up trying to get warm. He was just gorgeous sitting in our oak tree.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lily Pond

Lily Pond
6"x 12", pastel

This painting has been sitting around for a long time. It just was not what I wanted. As often is the case the painting sits around until it is ready to tell you what it needs. Happy with it now!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Amarillo byMorning

Amarillo by Morning
16" x 16", pastel

This is way out of my comfort zone, but thought it was a fun and unusual subject. This painting was my entry to the Texas Show at the New Braunfels Art League show. It was a fun to try to recreate the reflections of this beautiful sky upon the surface of the car. I was rewarded with an Honorable Mention for my efforts.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hidden Cove

Hidden Cove
8"x 8", pastel
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My goodness, it has been a long time since I have posted here. No real excuse other than the most wonderful family vacation ever!!!! We were so blessed to be able to spend time in beautiful Maui. My sweet daughter-to-be and I explored one day and found this wonderful little cove, so beautiful and quiet. Tried to capture just a part of the beauty.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Texas Pastel Society Demo

Demo for TXPS
12 x 6, pastel

Last year I was asked to give a demo to the Texas Pastel Society, an honor to say the least. However, standing up in front of people attempting to paint is not my cup of tea. So I was able to hook them up with another artist to give the demo.......whew! BUT that did not deter them, so I gave in and subjected them to watching me cover a blank piece of pastel paper with pastel this past Saturday!

They were so gracious, kind, patient and any other adjective you can think of in that genre. I decided on skies as the subject matter and went out on a limb and decided that it would be a vertical presentation instead of the usual horizontal, or my favorite...square. 

I almost completed this painting during the session. I did not complete the foreground because it is a made up area. If you have taken photos of a sunset/sunrise, you know that the foregrounds are usually very dark, unrealistically dark. So I usually have to think about them for awhile to decide what I can put there that will look good.

So a special thanks to the Texas Pastel Society for the invitation and the opportunity get me out of my comfort zone!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gallerie at Gruene

After the Rain
6x6, pastel

A little late with the announcement but so excited to announce that I have joined the wonderful artists at Gallerie at Gruene, 1633 Hunter Road #A, New Braunfels, Texas! This group of artists are extraordinary in their talent and variety of art created. There are 3 2D artists, a sculptor, a potter and 2 jewelry artisans! 

The painting above is one of three paintings that have found a new home since joining this amazing group! I am thrilled and hope to see you there!

PS.  For the person that purchased this painting, please contact me! I would love to send you a heartfelt thank you! So sorry, they did not get your address for me to do so!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Glowing Evening

Glowing Evening
6" x 8", pastel

We have had some of the most exquisite sunsets lately.......hard pressed to do them justice, but I try! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Treasured Day

Treasured Day
11" x 14" w/mat, watercolor

This painting is so very special to me. It is of a dear friend and our last adventure before cancer stole her from us. She had called the day prior and suggested we  take a road trip to Castroville to photograph the poppies. Sounded like an excellent plan to me!

We spent the day visiting, enjoying the beauty and, of course, a delicious lunch. We discussed any and everything, she was so excited to have all the wonderful reference photos. Think she had a painting completed the following day!

This is my first painting of that trip last April, just completed. I have been hesitant to try to capture the beauty/emotion of that day. Didn't think I could do it justice, but I am pleased with the results.

Miss you sweet friend!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I Spy

I Spy
6" x 6", pastel

So....... this is the same curious cat checking out my phone and as he did, I just snapped away. This was a fun painting to try.....liked the unusual perspective.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Up Close--2

Up Close--2
6"x 8", Pastel
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Such a good day, our youngest had a snowboarding accident Christmas eve, and received wonderful news today. This second CT scan showed that the damage is not as severe as the MRI had shown. Yippee, for him!! This means that the recovery will not be as long as originally thought. The Lord IS good, guess that should be with a capital G!

So to celebrate I thought I would post a painting that I have been working on a few days. This is my niece's cat. I just put my phone down to her level and began snapping photos. Curiosity got the best of her, and this up close and personal shot was the result!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hollyhocks in Pink

Hollyhocks in Pink
12" x 6", pastel

These gorgeous hollyhocks lived in Estes Park, Colorado. They were in a small garden just outside of a storefront...so beautiful.

Hoping that this New Year finds you well, with anticipation of good things to come. I am looking forward to good health/healing for my family and productive days in the studio for me.....God's richest blessings for you!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Spoiler Alert--------Don't Look If.......

He Knows If..............
4.5 x 6.5, watercolor

So......if you are on my Christmas card list, your card will not be a surprise now! I was not going to send Christmas cards this year, just in one of those moods, you know! Well, after recuperating from 3 solid days of cooking and cleaning, and cooking and cleaning some more, the mood hit last night!

For the last 8 or 10 years I have painted my own cards. This practice was started by taking a workshop with Angie Banta Brown. In that first workshop, we created 8 cards in 6 hrs!. The paint was flying! With successive workshops she toned it down to 4 in 6 hrs! Love and miss that sweet lady!

So, due to the detail of this one, it took me several hours to complete, but I am pleased with the result. I was always told that Santa sees all, so, " you better be good for goodness sake!"

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pastel Sky

Pastel Sky
6 x 6, pastel
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We had a beautiful sunset tonight, but I was not in an area where I could get a good reference photo, too many trees. So this is from several months ago, it was lovely as well.

Had the opportunity to participate in The Hill Country Invitational Art Show and Sale in Boerne this past weekend. It was a fabulous experience, beautiful venue, wonderful artists all in one place. It was a spur of the moment opportunity and I am so glad that I was included!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

New Dawn

New Dawn
6' x 12", pastel
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There is just no shortage of gorgeous skies to paint! I should really get up earlier to get more dawn photos for reference material. 

Getting ready for the Garden Ridge Women's Club Holiday Marketplace to be held October 8th at the Garden Ridge Civic Center. Hope you can get by to see the wonderful items to purchase; drop by my booth to visit and maybe take home a painting!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

First Color

First Color
8" x 10", pastel

Here is one of the paintings, I have been working on these past weeks. Really liked the sunshine on the bushes, contrasted with the shadows. And, of course, the turning leaves of the trees. Can't wait for the weather to allow for these changes this year!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Autumn Pond

Autumn Pond
6" x 8", pastel
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The photo reference for this painting was taken several years ago when I was preparing to take a workshop with Richard McKinley, the guru of pastel. Didn't use it in that workshop, but decided that it was a great photo to paint now. Can you tell I am ready for the the cooler autumn weather?

I was trying to use my new set of Terry Ludwig pastels for this painting, but I have to get a lighter touch to use those soft pastels to start off a painting. So.........my first attempt was washed off with alcohol! Yes, you read that right, I washed the original painting into the sanded paper with rubbing alcohol. This allowed me to create a new painting over a beautiful, warm underpainting!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Time to Read

Time to Read
6"x 6", pastel
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The creative juices have been struggling lately, wanting to paint, but lacking in the knowledge of what! Sounds pretty stupid, when put in print, but I have been wanting to create another big painting but simply cannot decide on the subject. So I have been working on multiple small paintings, to keep in the groove.

The photo reference for this painting was taken several years ago on a trip to our favorite spot in Colorado. It was a chilly afternoon, but sitting in the sun was really pleasant. This lady was taking time out from shopping to enjoy her book. Love the shadows and her reflection in the window! She was sitting in front of an art gallery, by the way. You can't make this stuff up!

Thinking about this being the subject for a larger painting, but wondering if the colors need some adjustment. This painting is just like the photo where color is concerned. Could be more diverse, I think.

Monday, September 5, 2016


6 x 6, pastel

This fur ball was plopped in front of a store in Estes Park last month. You could tell it knew better than to enter, but stayed just in front of the entry. It was constantly getting attention/rubs from those passing it on the sidewalk, and those exiting the shop. He was loving it, content to be in the middle of foot traffic!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Southwest Art Magazine

Several months ago I was contacted by Southwest Art Magazine regarding their Nationally Emerging Artists section to be promoted in the September issue. I was skeptical at first, thinking how in the world did they find little ol' me! After the exchange of several emails, I determined it was legitimate and I would be silly not to take advantage of the opportunity.

So running in this month's edition is my painting, "Waiting Patiently".  Thank you, Southwest Art for the national exposure!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


10 x 10, pastel
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So why would I title this frustration? This is an excellent example of a great subject matter, but a painting that is just so-so because of the lack (I feel) of dynamic lighting. These hollyhocks were beautiful, but the late evening lighting added no 'pop'. I added flowers to create an interesting painting, even tried to recreate the brick wall they were in front of, but.........

So I will continue to search for hollyhocks with dramatic lighting. I have seen beautiful paintings of hollyhocks and anxious to give it a try.